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Whinlatter Forest Car Park is open for access to the forest. Visitor Centre and Siskins Café are open, Cyclewise bike shop is open for hire, sales and repairs. Go Ape is open and Wildplay will be open daily from 9am - 5pm. Toilet facilities limited.
Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Dawn until dusk 7 days a week. The main car park is open 8.30am - 8.30pm.

Whinlatter Visitor Centre and Shop is open 10am - 4pm.  Card payments only. No dogs currently allowed in the visitor centre.

Wildplay will be open daily 9 - 5pm to allow time for cleaning.

Siskins Café is open, indoor seating is table service only, you will need to wait to be seated.  Food orders for outdoor seating are to be made at the hatch.  10am - 5pm

Go Ape will is open for limited activities, check with them directly for their current offer.

Weekdays

Monday
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Cafe 10am - 5pm
Bike Hire 9am - 5pm
Go Ape 10am - 5pm
Tuesday
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Cafe 10am - 5pm
Bike Hire 9am - 5pm
Go Ape 10am - 5pm
Wednesday
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Cafe 10am - 5pm
Bike Hire 9am - 5pm
Go Ape 10am - 5pm
Thursday
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Cafe 10am - 5pm
Bike Hire 9am - 5pm
Go Ape 10am - 5pm
Friday
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Cafe 10am - 5pm
Bike Hire 9am - 5pm
Go Ape 10am - 5pm

Weekends

Saturday
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Cafe 10am - 5pm
Bike Hire 9am - 5pm
Go Ape 10am - 5pm
Sunday
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Cafe 10am - 5pm
Bike Hire 9am - 5pm
Go Ape 10am - 5pm

How to find us

How to find us
Whinlatter Pass, Keswick
Sat Nav Postcode: CA12 5TW
By Car

From Keswick, take the A66 west towards Cockermouth. At Braithwaite village, turn west onto the B5292 for Lorton. Follow Whinlatter Visitor Centre signposts for approximately 3 miles

 

Or go car-free

By Public Transport

We welcome car-free visitors and offer free admission to those arriving by public transport or bike – plan your journey at Good Journey.

During the summer months there is a bus service between Keswick and Whinlatter which gives you the option of travelling via the beautiful Honister Rambler route, route number 77/77A.

Route dates and times may vary so please check the Stagecoach timetable before you travel.

OS Grid Ref
NY209245

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Parking and prices

The main car park is on a 'Pay on Exit' system.

The are 2 pay stations situated in the main car park and 1 by the Visitor Centre.
The main car park is open 8.30am - 8.30pm

Charges: if you stay for less than 20 minutes, parking is free. Otherwise, the charges below apply.  

The machines take coins (no change given), credit cards or you have up to 48hrs after your visit to pay online at Park with Ease. The machines are being cleaned regularly, but please try and pay online to avoid touching them. Please bring hand sanitiser with you to use after you have touched the machines.

Parking charges apply at all times.

If you arrive car-free there is no charge

Parking Charges

Parking charges
Up to 1 hour £2.20
Each additional 20 minutes £0.45
All day £8.00

Additional Information

Regular visitors can save money by becoming a Member - Find out more about our membership offer
Number of accessible parking spaces: 4
Card payments accepted
Coaches/Minibuses welcomed
Pay on exit system

Facilities and access

Toilet facilities are limited. 

Visitor centre and forest shop open daily 10am - 4pm.  Card payments only.  No dogs currently allowed in visitor centre.

Siskins Cafe open.

Play areas are open from 9am to 5pm. 

Cyclewise is open for hire, sales and repairs. Due to high demand for hired bikes, we advise that you book in advance of your visit by contacting the Cyclewise team at Whinlatter on 017687 78711.

Go Ape open.

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For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Assistant dogs welcome
Cafe
Dogs allowed
Picnic area
Play Area

Contact details

Welcome to England's only true mountain forest

Whinlatter is home to stunning views, fantastic walks, exhilarating mountain biking, rare wildlife and adventure play.

Set within the Lake District, a World Heritage Site, Whinlatter has unrivalled views across Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwentwater and Keswick. It is also home to the longest purpose-built mountain bike trails in the Lake District. 

The Lakes are a dramatic and unique landscape which has been formed through man’s activities, such as forestry and land management. This landscape has inspired many of the world’s greatest artists, writers and thinkers.

At a glance

  • 9 walking trails 
  • 3 cycling trails
  • 2 Running trails
  • Play areas - open 9am - 5pm
  • Visitor Centre and Forest Shop - Card payments only
  • Go Ape
  • Café
  • Bike hire 
  • Tramper/mobility scooter hire - closed
  • Picnic and barbecue areas
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